Pratt Nature Center's Happy Hour Book Club

Strengthening your connection to the natural world can leave you smarter, happier and healthier.

March's Book Selection

February’s Title: Buzz Sting Bite by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

Meeting: Wednesday, 3/25 @ 6:00 pm

From the publisher:

Insects comprise roughly half of the animal kingdom. They live everywheredeep inside caves, 18,000 feet high in the Himalayas, inside computers, in Yellowstone’s hot springs, and in the ears and nostrils of much larger creatures. There are insects that have ears on their knees, eyes on their penises, and tongues under their feet. Most of us think life would be better without bugs. In fact, life would be impossible without them.

Most of us know that we would not have honey without honeybees, but without the pinhead-sized chocolate midge, cocoa flowers would not pollinate. No cocoa, no chocolate. The ink that was used to write the Declaration of Independence was derived from galls on oak trees, which are induced by a small wasp. The fruit fly was essential to medical and biological research experiments that resulted in six Nobel prizes. Blowfly larva can clean difficult wounds; flour beetle larva can digest plastic; several species of insects have been essential to the development of antibiotics. Insects turn dead plants and animals into soil. They pollinate flowers, including crops that we depend on. They provide food for other animals, such as birds and bats. They control organisms that are harmful to humans. Life as we know it depends on these small creatures.

This won't be your average book club.

Join us on the last Wednesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:00ish for a lively conversation sure to make you think and maybe even inspire. Each month’s book will help shine some light on all the different ways we connect to the natural world. From hiking to wellness to farming, physics, plants and who knows what else, there will be something for everyone. And if a particular title isn’t for you, don’t worry about it. We’ll see you for the next one!

It wouldn’t be Happy Hour without food and drink, though. Each meeting is BYOB but we’ll provide some light snacks.

But that’s not all. Each month, we’ll also try to send out links to optional podcasts, articles and videos that compliment our book choice to give you even more to consider. When we can, we’ll also feature guest speakers that will help frame our reading within a local perspective.

Come treat yourself to an hour of great ideas and conversation!

Happy Hour Book Club is a free program intended for adults.  A suggested $5 donation is appreciated when attending meetings to help cover the cost of delicious snacks

Click here to register for Happy Hour Book Club

I’ve registered but where do I get the book?

Local, independent book stores are a great resource as well as with the amazing New Milford Public Library.  If you’re having trouble finding the book, just let us know and we’ll see how we can help.

New Milford Public Library

Wondering what we’ve read? Want to catch up?

February: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery

March: Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

April: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

May: Farmacology by Daphne Miller, M.D.

June: Storm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski

July: Slime by Ruth Kassinger

August/September: Our Symphony with Animals by Dr. Aysha Akhtar

October: The Fate of Food by Amanda Little

November/December: A little break

January: In Praise of Walking by Shane O’Mara

February: Inconspicuous Consumption by Tatiana Schlossberg

March: Buzz Sting Bite by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson